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From New York Magazine (which is pretty eclectic in the opinions it publishes):

Jussie Smollett Is Free. That’s Good, Whether He’s Guilty or Not.
By Zak Cheney-Rice

… It’s easy to forget, amid the outcry, that leniency has rarely been a problem in Cook County. Nearly 8,000 people were in jail there as of Tuesday. Black residents comprise 24 percent of the county population but almost 75 percent of those locked up. These figures did not come about because prosecutors used kid gloves. Nor was the Smollett investigation a particularly egregious drain on resources that law enforcement was otherwise using effectively. That the Chicago police clear less than 18 percent of homicides in a given year suggests that those incarcerated are generally not even the individuals who most immediately threaten their fellow civilians.

Uh …

In this light, few enraged by Smollett’s case seem to have considered what should be intuitive — that Tuesday’s decision was a perfectly reasonable response to a system that locks up far too many people while offering inadequate ways to address the most serious crimes. This not a conclusion rooted in conjecture, or reached in haste out of expediency. Rather, it is entirely consistent with mandates set forth years ago by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, as articulated on its website, in State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx’s campaign platform, and on Tuesday by Joe Magats, the first assistant state’s attorney who made the decision to drop charges against Smollett. (Foxx recused herself from the case.)

Now she says she didn’t, you know, formally recuse herself.

Whether he’s guilty or not, it is right that Smollett should avoid the prison time so many wished upon him. “This was not an exoneration,” Magats told WLS, clarifying that he did not see Tuesday’s outcome as an admission of Smollett’s innocence. “To say that he was exonerated by us or anyone is not true. We believe he did what he was charged with doing.” Magats’s decision, then, arose from an altogether different set of considerations — namely, that he felt Smollett’s shellacking in the court of public opinion, service to the local community, and forfeiture of $10,000 in bond money to the city were sufficient punishment for a nonviolent infraction where nobody was physically harmed and whose primary victim was the Chicago Police Department’s pride.

It was an elaborately plotted hate crime against the white community.

And is that so unreasonable? … To the extent that incarceration is ever appropriate in its current American manifestation, it should be used sparingly to protect people from those who would harm them. Smollett clearly does not qualify. …

It seems reasonable, on the other hand, for a prosecutor’s office that years ago committed itself to reform, to enact precisely the types of reforms it promised.

 
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  1. The Juice is loose! (For now. This appears to be collapsing p quickly.)

  2. From Sanctuary Cities to “We also gave those who wish to destroy space to do that as well.” to letting Smollett get away with a horrible crime, we are seeing anti-American revolutionary acts committed by government officials.

    • Agree: Hail
  3. Zak Cheney-Rice:

    That’s all you need to know.

    • Replies: @Hail
    Five humble addenda:

    (1) His twitter bio:


    race baiter. californian. "can't write ... full of shit." - curt schilling.
     
    (2) Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, 2006.

    (3) BA in Critical Studies, University of Southern California, 2010.

    (4) MA in Media Studies, New York University, 2014.

    (5) First major article, April 2014, "National Geographic Determined What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It's Beautiful" (Mic).


    2050 remains decades away, but if these images are any preview, it's definitely a year worth waiting for.
     
    , @MBlanc46
    Thanks, Jack. That’s all that I needed to kniw.
    , @David In TN
    Both this clown and Smollett himself would have been happy if the hoax had caused two innocent white people to be sent to prion.
  4. C-. It’s surprising that a high school senior, Zak, is still writing at the junior high level. Did you stop one moment to think that the prosecutors could pursue a guilty conviction, and upon success request a hefty fine (of a privileged rich person), a suspended sentence, and light probation? You show no evidence of having studied the argumentation handbook required for this course. See me after class.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    You show no evidence of having studied the argumentation handbook required for this course. See me after class.
     
    Linear logic is a racist tool of patriarchal oppression. Instead, Zak deserves credit for masterful deployment of woke non-sequitur to interrogate and unpack White Privilege. This is the cornerstone of Critical Studies analysis.

    Best example: Chicago PD fails to solve murders and generally incarcerates all the wrong people anyway. Thus, it is only fair to release any guilty defendant who hasn't committed a murder. QED.
    , @MB
    Exactly.
    He doesn't need to go to jail.
    Just pay for all the unnecessary overtime he caused the ChiPD.
    He's got the dough and paying up puts him on the street panhandling, at least the taxpayer has a choice to donate to the cause.
  5. As there is a diversity of population, there shall be a diversity of Truth. It is no longer the truth; it’s my truth, or your truth. A rumination as dumb and irrational as this makes sense simply because we are to pretend to believe that it does. It’s the same as pretending that a male decathlon champ can become a woman simply by putting on an ill-fitting dress. Or that black women got us to the Moon. And on and on. There is no such thing as race, poof. There is no objective truth, poof. If the right people tell us that the sky is falling, then by God it is crashing down around us. We are never to question this. We are being softened up, slowly and surely, to believe anything. As long as the right people tell us that something is true, it is true. Our truth.

    • Agree: Craig Nelsen
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    There is no such thing as race, poof. There is no objective truth, poof.
     
    Who are you calling a "poof"?

    Our truth.
     
    Oh...
  6. Anonymous[120] • Disclaimer says:

    Facebook is now implementing wrongthink prevention policies:

    Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism
    By Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler|Mar 27 2019, 12:00pm

    In a major policy shift for the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform Tuesday. Facebook will also begin directing users who try to post content associated with those ideologies to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard has learned. …

    Specifically, Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism. Phrases such as “I am a proud white nationalist” and “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” will now be banned, according to the company. Implicit and coded white nationalism and white separatism will not be banned immediately, in part because the company said it’s harder to detect and remove. …

    The decision was formally made at Facebook’s Content Standards Forum on Tuesday, a meeting that includes representatives from a range of different Facebook departments in which content moderation policies are discussed and ultimately adopted. Fishman told Motherboard that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was involved in the formulation of the new policy, though roughly three dozen Facebook employees worked on it. …

    Heidi Beirich, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project, told Motherboard last year that “white nationalism is something that people like David Duke [former leader of the Ku Klux Klan] and others came up with to sound less bad.”

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nexpbx/facebook-bans-white-nationalism-and-white-separatism

    How much longer until reporters catch onto what the SPLC is doing?

    • Replies: @Hail
    Steve has promoted this to full blog post:

    Facebook and the SPLC

    A conundrum: Can you post Facebook’s list of what you can’t post on Facebook?
     
    , @Desiderius

    How much longer until reporters catch onto what the SPLC is doing?
     
    These are nerds we're talking about here. They go to extraordinary lengths not to catch on.
    , @anon
    Never?
    , @guest
    Help groups, eh? Scared Left, or is it like conversion therapy?
  7. Hate hoaxes as a form of reparations.

  8. It’s galling that the prosecutor pretends that forfeiting a $10,000 bond is punishment for Jussie. Just what he cost Chicago in police man-hours could be ten times that much or more.

    • Replies: @Hail

    forfeiting a $10,000 bond
     
    It was reported in February, when the storm clouds were closing in on the hoax, that Jussie was making as much as $100,000 per episode of Empire.
  9. @Jack D
    Zak Cheney-Rice:

    https://thumbs.mic.com/NmU0NTMyMmEzMCMvVXVla3NVZEVzby1YUktsWlB6eTdWMFJXV05NPS8weDA6OTAweDkwMC8yMDh4MjA4L3NtYXJ0L2ZpbHRlcnM6Zm9ybWF0KGpwZWcpOnF1YWxpdHkoODApL2h0dHBzOi8vczMuYW1hem9uYXdzLmNvbS9wb2xpY3ltaWMtaW1hZ2VzLzg5OTQ5NjkzZjg5ZjczMzJiYjY1MzNiYTVjN2ZiNzI1Y2RkZGY5OWQ5MjMyNzFiNjM1YWMwNWUxMTkyNmZlMTcuanBn.jpg

    That's all you need to know.

    Five humble addenda:

    (1) His twitter bio:

    race baiter. californian. “can’t write … full of shit.” – curt schilling.

    (2) Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, 2006.

    (3) BA in Critical Studies, University of Southern California, 2010.

    (4) MA in Media Studies, New York University, 2014.

    (5) First major article, April 2014, “National Geographic Determined What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It’s Beautiful” (Mic).

    2050 remains decades away, but if these images are any preview, it’s definitely a year worth waiting for.

  10. @Harry Baldwin
    It's galling that the prosecutor pretends that forfeiting a $10,000 bond is punishment for Jussie. Just what he cost Chicago in police man-hours could be ten times that much or more.

    forfeiting a $10,000 bond

    It was reported in February, when the storm clouds were closing in on the hoax, that Jussie was making as much as $100,000 per episode of Empire.

  11. @San Fernando Curt
    As there is a diversity of population, there shall be a diversity of Truth. It is no longer the truth; it's my truth, or your truth. A rumination as dumb and irrational as this makes sense simply because we are to pretend to believe that it does. It's the same as pretending that a male decathlon champ can become a woman simply by putting on an ill-fitting dress. Or that black women got us to the Moon. And on and on. There is no such thing as race, poof. There is no objective truth, poof. If the right people tell us that the sky is falling, then by God it is crashing down around us. We are never to question this. We are being softened up, slowly and surely, to believe anything. As long as the right people tell us that something is true, it is true. Our truth.

    There is no such thing as race, poof. There is no objective truth, poof.

    Who are you calling a “poof”?

    Our truth.

    Oh…

  12. I’ve had enough.

    • Replies: @Hail
    Is this prosecutable hate speech in the new regime:

    I ain't nothing but a simple man
    They call me a redneck
    I reckon that I am,
    But there's things going on
    That make me mad own to the core.

    I have to work like a dog
    To make end's meet
    There's crooked politicians
    And crime in the street
    I'm madder than hell
    And I ain't gonna take it no more.

    They tell our kids 'Just Say No'
    And then some pantywaist judge
    Lets a drug dealer go
    Slaps him on the wrist
    And he turns him back out on the town.

    But if I had my way
    With people selling dope
    Take a big tall tree
    and a short piece of rope
    I'd hang 'em up high
    And let 'em swing till the Sun goes down...
     

    Released: October 17, 1989.

    (Four weeks before the symbolic end of Communism in Nov. 1989 [Berlin Wall].)

  13. white supremacy is a death cult; its core tenets are absolutely incompatible with a fundamentally diverse world and will always cause friction aka mass murder up to genocide. The incoherent concept of the “white race” must be eradicated to eradicate it.

    There is no silver billet solutions to white syoeremacy but here is a bylkett solutikn

    • LOL: ThreeCranes
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The incoherent concept of the “white race” must be eradicated to eradicate it.
     
    No one is more acquainted with incoherence than you, Tiny. What are your hourly rates?
  14. @Anonymous
    Facebook is now implementing wrongthink prevention policies:

    Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism
    By Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler|Mar 27 2019, 12:00pm

    In a major policy shift for the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform Tuesday. Facebook will also begin directing users who try to post content associated with those ideologies to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard has learned. ...

    Specifically, Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism. Phrases such as “I am a proud white nationalist” and “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” will now be banned, according to the company. Implicit and coded white nationalism and white separatism will not be banned immediately, in part because the company said it’s harder to detect and remove. ...

    The decision was formally made at Facebook’s Content Standards Forum on Tuesday, a meeting that includes representatives from a range of different Facebook departments in which content moderation policies are discussed and ultimately adopted. Fishman told Motherboard that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was involved in the formulation of the new policy, though roughly three dozen Facebook employees worked on it. ...

    Heidi Beirich, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project, told Motherboard last year that “white nationalism is something that people like David Duke [former leader of the Ku Klux Klan] and others came up with to sound less bad.”

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nexpbx/facebook-bans-white-nationalism-and-white-separatism
     
    How much longer until reporters catch onto what the SPLC is doing?

    Steve has promoted this to full blog post:

    Facebook and the SPLC

    A conundrum: Can you post Facebook’s list of what you can’t post on Facebook?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    A conundrum: Can you post Facebook’s list of what you can’t post on Facebook?
     
    Too bad George Carlin isn't here to test them on it.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbZhpf3sQxQ
  15. When the state authorities are incapable of administering justice, the FBI will step in with charges under federal law. Like they did in the Civil Rights era.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist

    "... the FBI will step in with charges under federal law."
     
    That would be the same FBI that gave Hillary a clean bill of health for her gross negligence in handling classified material and helped her out with destroying evidence thereof. The same FBI still doing the bidding of the Obama team: They're going to do that to a fellow FOO?

    Dream on.
    , @Blue Juice
    No they won't. The FBI and DOJ have no interest (and do not have the backbone) to prosecute a gay black man from a wealthy politically connected family in the year 2019. The main prosecution witnesses (the Osundairo brothers) were gotten to and have changed their story. I know agents in the Chicago Field Office and they want nothing to do with this case. Now go back to work whitey...
  16. bored identity was kind of skeptical about sheer existence of this Cheney-Rice character, but then his darkest fear was confirmed by blobermouthing Rumsfeld :

  17. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan
    I've had enough.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ74BwEwOJY

    Is this prosecutable hate speech in the new regime:

    I ain’t nothing but a simple man
    They call me a redneck
    I reckon that I am,
    But there’s things going on
    That make me mad own to the core.

    I have to work like a dog
    To make end’s meet
    There’s crooked politicians
    And crime in the street
    I’m madder than hell
    And I ain’t gonna take it no more.

    They tell our kids ‘Just Say No’
    And then some pantywaist judge
    Lets a drug dealer go
    Slaps him on the wrist
    And he turns him back out on the town.

    But if I had my way
    With people selling dope
    Take a big tall tree
    and a short piece of rope
    I’d hang ’em up high
    And let ’em swing till the Sun goes down…

    Released: October 17, 1989.

    (Four weeks before the symbolic end of Communism in Nov. 1989 [Berlin Wall].)

  18. Zak Yadee-Yada’s photo:

    The only thing gayer than a half black like Jussie, is a hyphenated black like Zak.

    • Replies: @Hail

    Before There Was Any History
    There Was BLACK HISTORY
     
    Good to know.
  19. By Zak Cheney-Rice

    What was going on between Dick and Condoleezza back in the Reagan years?

    Zak Cheney-Rice = Eke crazy niche.

  20. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Zak Yadee-Yada's photo:

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.muckrack.com/profile/images/103564/zakcheneyrice.png.256x256_q100_crop-smart.png


    The only thing gayer than a half black like Jussie, is a hyphenated black like Zak.

    Before There Was Any History
    There Was BLACK HISTORY

    Good to know.

  21. @Tiny Duck
    white supremacy is a death cult; its core tenets are absolutely incompatible with a fundamentally diverse world and will always cause friction aka mass murder up to genocide. The incoherent concept of the "white race" must be eradicated to eradicate it.

    There is no silver billet solutions to white syoeremacy but here is a bylkett solutikn

    The incoherent concept of the “white race” must be eradicated to eradicate it.

    No one is more acquainted with incoherence than you, Tiny. What are your hourly rates?

  22. @Hail
    Steve has promoted this to full blog post:

    Facebook and the SPLC

    A conundrum: Can you post Facebook’s list of what you can’t post on Facebook?
     

    A conundrum: Can you post Facebook’s list of what you can’t post on Facebook?

    Too bad George Carlin isn’t here to test them on it.

    • Replies: @WowJustWow
    I guess now it's the 14 dirty words.
  23. @Anonymous
    Facebook is now implementing wrongthink prevention policies:

    Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism
    By Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler|Mar 27 2019, 12:00pm

    In a major policy shift for the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform Tuesday. Facebook will also begin directing users who try to post content associated with those ideologies to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard has learned. ...

    Specifically, Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism. Phrases such as “I am a proud white nationalist” and “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” will now be banned, according to the company. Implicit and coded white nationalism and white separatism will not be banned immediately, in part because the company said it’s harder to detect and remove. ...

    The decision was formally made at Facebook’s Content Standards Forum on Tuesday, a meeting that includes representatives from a range of different Facebook departments in which content moderation policies are discussed and ultimately adopted. Fishman told Motherboard that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was involved in the formulation of the new policy, though roughly three dozen Facebook employees worked on it. ...

    Heidi Beirich, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project, told Motherboard last year that “white nationalism is something that people like David Duke [former leader of the Ku Klux Klan] and others came up with to sound less bad.”

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nexpbx/facebook-bans-white-nationalism-and-white-separatism
     
    How much longer until reporters catch onto what the SPLC is doing?

    How much longer until reporters catch onto what the SPLC is doing?

    These are nerds we’re talking about here. They go to extraordinary lengths not to catch on.

  24. @Anonymous
    Facebook is now implementing wrongthink prevention policies:

    Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism
    By Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler|Mar 27 2019, 12:00pm

    In a major policy shift for the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform Tuesday. Facebook will also begin directing users who try to post content associated with those ideologies to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard has learned. ...

    Specifically, Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism. Phrases such as “I am a proud white nationalist” and “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” will now be banned, according to the company. Implicit and coded white nationalism and white separatism will not be banned immediately, in part because the company said it’s harder to detect and remove. ...

    The decision was formally made at Facebook’s Content Standards Forum on Tuesday, a meeting that includes representatives from a range of different Facebook departments in which content moderation policies are discussed and ultimately adopted. Fishman told Motherboard that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was involved in the formulation of the new policy, though roughly three dozen Facebook employees worked on it. ...

    Heidi Beirich, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project, told Motherboard last year that “white nationalism is something that people like David Duke [former leader of the Ku Klux Klan] and others came up with to sound less bad.”

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nexpbx/facebook-bans-white-nationalism-and-white-separatism
     
    How much longer until reporters catch onto what the SPLC is doing?

    Never?

  25. We need to come up with the comment ratio, defined as # comments on iSteve/original article for a story like this, which makes white liberals hide underneath their table instead of talking about it. Right now it looks like 25/5=5.

    One of the comments is:
    “I’m a lib. It’s jawdropping to read the absolute stupidity of the rationalization written above.
    There is a terrible injustice of the over-incarceration of black citizens in our justice system,…..blah blah”

  26. @New Dealer
    C-. It's surprising that a high school senior, Zak, is still writing at the junior high level. Did you stop one moment to think that the prosecutors could pursue a guilty conviction, and upon success request a hefty fine (of a privileged rich person), a suspended sentence, and light probation? You show no evidence of having studied the argumentation handbook required for this course. See me after class.

    You show no evidence of having studied the argumentation handbook required for this course. See me after class.

    Linear logic is a racist tool of patriarchal oppression. Instead, Zak deserves credit for masterful deployment of woke non-sequitur to interrogate and unpack White Privilege. This is the cornerstone of Critical Studies analysis.

    Best example: Chicago PD fails to solve murders and generally incarcerates all the wrong people anyway. Thus, it is only fair to release any guilty defendant who hasn’t committed a murder. QED.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @El Dato

    Linear logic is a racist tool of patriarchal oppression.
     
    Technically, "Linear Logic" is a very specific logic in which deduction is mimicking resource usage, or at least that's what I understand:

    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/logic-linear/

    I don't think many people know it even exists.
    , @Gary in Gramercy
    Before there was any Logic,

    There was Black Logic.
  27. Well I’ve gotta agree with Zak for the most part. Those 16 felonies were just 8 lies Smollett said to police, and then repeated to detectives. Come on. It’s not worth sending someone to jail over a stupid publicity stunt where nobody was harmed.

    But as a person of color Zak should be screaming about Smollett’s continued sanctimonious denials. “Just fess up and move on, brother. You’re an embarrassment, not a hero, to black America.”

    • Replies: @Hail

    a stupid publicity stunt where nobody was harmed
     
    Think again about the precedent of this case: No punishment (all charges dropped) for a high-profile anti-White hate-hoaxer will, naturally, encourage more hate-hoaxe(r)s.

    Are you willing to dismiss all of them as "stupid publicity stunts where nobody is harmed"? What about the ones to come which will be less easy to unravel than Jussie's preposterous, Dumb-and-Dumber-esque plot and bumbled execution?

    The people who have written that Jussie, and niw these prosecutors who let him off the hook, have fanned the flames of race war, are too far over the line into hyperbole. How many hate hoaxes would it take until a few hotheads on the margins of both sides decide to take revenge in a very real way...?

    , @William Badwhite

    It’s not worth sending someone to jail over a stupid publicity stunt where nobody was harmed.
     
    Mullett was willing to sign complaints against the two people CPD told him they had in custody until he realized it was his Nigerian pals. Thus he was perfectly willing to frame two random white guys had that been who CPD had in custody.

    The fact that he was too stupid and incompetent to pull off his frame shouldn't excuse him from the attempt. This is why attempted murder is a crime - being unable to pull it off shouldn't excuse you from being punished for trying.
  28. Any bets on whether ‘Zak Cheney-Rice’ is either Jewish or ‘of color’?

    …come on, smart money would be that he/she/it is neither. This is easy pickings…

  29. This seems like fairly typical “prison is inhumane/racist” drivel by the same type of writer who believes that every single inmate should be released right now. It just happens to be getting applied to the hate hoaxer du jour.

    In a perfect world, everybody who agitates for “prison reform” would have his own domicile turned into one, so that he could practice humane treatment of the prisoners and set an example for the rest of society.

    • Agree: bomag
  30. @Jack D
    Zak Cheney-Rice:

    https://thumbs.mic.com/NmU0NTMyMmEzMCMvVXVla3NVZEVzby1YUktsWlB6eTdWMFJXV05NPS8weDA6OTAweDkwMC8yMDh4MjA4L3NtYXJ0L2ZpbHRlcnM6Zm9ybWF0KGpwZWcpOnF1YWxpdHkoODApL2h0dHBzOi8vczMuYW1hem9uYXdzLmNvbS9wb2xpY3ltaWMtaW1hZ2VzLzg5OTQ5NjkzZjg5ZjczMzJiYjY1MzNiYTVjN2ZiNzI1Y2RkZGY5OWQ5MjMyNzFiNjM1YWMwNWUxMTkyNmZlMTcuanBn.jpg

    That's all you need to know.

    Thanks, Jack. That’s all that I needed to kniw.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic Commenter
    In the modern world Keats would likely have to have written:

    Violence is truth, truth violence,—that is all
    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
     
    and then Emily would have to have written:

    I died for violence, but was scarce
     
  31. @Reg Cæsar

    A conundrum: Can you post Facebook’s list of what you can’t post on Facebook?
     
    Too bad George Carlin isn't here to test them on it.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbZhpf3sQxQ

    I guess now it’s the 14 dirty words.

  32. @MBlanc46
    Thanks, Jack. That’s all that I needed to kniw.

    In the modern world Keats would likely have to have written:

    Violence is truth, truth violence,—that is all
    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

    and then Emily would have to have written:

    I died for violence, but was scarce

  33. @Anonymous
    Facebook is now implementing wrongthink prevention policies:

    Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism
    By Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler|Mar 27 2019, 12:00pm

    In a major policy shift for the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform Tuesday. Facebook will also begin directing users who try to post content associated with those ideologies to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard has learned. ...

    Specifically, Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism. Phrases such as “I am a proud white nationalist” and “Immigration is tearing this country apart; white separatism is the only answer” will now be banned, according to the company. Implicit and coded white nationalism and white separatism will not be banned immediately, in part because the company said it’s harder to detect and remove. ...

    The decision was formally made at Facebook’s Content Standards Forum on Tuesday, a meeting that includes representatives from a range of different Facebook departments in which content moderation policies are discussed and ultimately adopted. Fishman told Motherboard that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was involved in the formulation of the new policy, though roughly three dozen Facebook employees worked on it. ...

    Heidi Beirich, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence Project, told Motherboard last year that “white nationalism is something that people like David Duke [former leader of the Ku Klux Klan] and others came up with to sound less bad.”

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nexpbx/facebook-bans-white-nationalism-and-white-separatism
     
    How much longer until reporters catch onto what the SPLC is doing?

    Help groups, eh? Scared Left, or is it like conversion therapy?

  34. Hail says: • Website
    @MikeW
    Well I've gotta agree with Zak for the most part. Those 16 felonies were just 8 lies Smollett said to police, and then repeated to detectives. Come on. It's not worth sending someone to jail over a stupid publicity stunt where nobody was harmed.

    But as a person of color Zak should be screaming about Smollett's continued sanctimonious denials. "Just fess up and move on, brother. You're an embarrassment, not a hero, to black America."

    a stupid publicity stunt where nobody was harmed

    Think again about the precedent of this case: No punishment (all charges dropped) for a high-profile anti-White hate-hoaxer will, naturally, encourage more hate-hoaxe(r)s.

    Are you willing to dismiss all of them as “stupid publicity stunts where nobody is harmed”? What about the ones to come which will be less easy to unravel than Jussie’s preposterous, Dumb-and-Dumber-esque plot and bumbled execution?

    The people who have written that Jussie, and niw these prosecutors who let him off the hook, have fanned the flames of race war, are too far over the line into hyperbole. How many hate hoaxes would it take until a few hotheads on the margins of both sides decide to take revenge in a very real way…?

  35. All in all, Jussie made a savvy choice.

  36. @New Dealer
    C-. It's surprising that a high school senior, Zak, is still writing at the junior high level. Did you stop one moment to think that the prosecutors could pursue a guilty conviction, and upon success request a hefty fine (of a privileged rich person), a suspended sentence, and light probation? You show no evidence of having studied the argumentation handbook required for this course. See me after class.

    Exactly.
    He doesn’t need to go to jail.
    Just pay for all the unnecessary overtime he caused the ChiPD.
    He’s got the dough and paying up puts him on the street panhandling, at least the taxpayer has a choice to donate to the cause.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    He needs to admit his guilt and show remorse. Whether it is fake or not doesn’t matter.
  37. Jussie obviously suffers from low IQ, so they dropped the charges because they feel bad for him.

  38. Chicago, like all large cities, is a shit hole…. just the worst.

    • Replies: @Blue Juice
    My God...if you only knew what was going on behind the scenes. I wrote a few months ago that there was an undeclared race war going on between blacks and Hispanics in this city. (Read how a young Latino police officer was executed in front of his friends on Saturday the 23rd). Not sure how this is going to play out this summer but I will keep you posted with some stories from the front lines!
  39. @James N. Kennett
    When the state authorities are incapable of administering justice, the FBI will step in with charges under federal law. Like they did in the Civil Rights era.

    “… the FBI will step in with charges under federal law.”

    That would be the same FBI that gave Hillary a clean bill of health for her gross negligence in handling classified material and helped her out with destroying evidence thereof. The same FBI still doing the bidding of the Obama team: They’re going to do that to a fellow FOO?

    Dream on.

    • Replies: @Realist

    “… the FBI will step in with charges under federal law.”

    That would be the same FBI that gave Hillary a clean bill of health for her gross negligence in handling classified material and helped her out with destroying evidence thereof.

     

    Agreed, that will not happen.

    This is similar to the idiocy I hear on Fox about the Russian collusion. This story was pushed and attested to by the FBI, CIA, NSA and all the other 'intelligence agencies', Fox News' reply was they are lying and can't be trusted (they were). But when it comes to the meme or claim that Russia interfered in our 2016 election everyone on Fox News agrees that is definitely true, because the FBI, CIA, NSA and all the other 'intelligence agencies' said so. Selective credence.
  40. @MB
    Exactly.
    He doesn't need to go to jail.
    Just pay for all the unnecessary overtime he caused the ChiPD.
    He's got the dough and paying up puts him on the street panhandling, at least the taxpayer has a choice to donate to the cause.

    He needs to admit his guilt and show remorse. Whether it is fake or not doesn’t matter.

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Bruce County
    The smug arrogant, low IQ, lying, POS needs to go to trial and then to jail.. Although its doubtful a black jury has enough brains in the whole lot of them to understand the charges.
    Some one needs to wipe that "I am mightier than thou" grin off his nappy headed face.
    So sick of these smug [email protected]$ and their coddlers and handlers.
    Whats most disturbing is how a Grand Jury can review the mountian of evidence and conclude that indictments are warranted. Sixteen of them!!!!! Yet a back room deal is brokered and all charges are dropped.
    A grand jury indictment is a charge issued by a grand jury in a criminal case. Typically, the jury determines whether enough evidence exists to formally charge the suspect with a criminal crime. Grand jury indictments are not dismissed by the court but in a formal hearing, a defense team can argue against any bias.
    So.... How can a deal like that be made after a Grand Jury has decided to indicte?? America needs to KNow!!!
  41. Anon[753] • Disclaimer says:

    If I have this right:

    The NYmag article spins Smollett’s realized consequences as an implied lenient sentence, which is “good” in its estimation.

    Except a sentence, which by definition has to come as a result of charges and a trial or plea deal, is not what happened. What happened is that legitimate charges were dropped without Smollett being tried, even though law enforcement believes him to be guilty and that there are no other mitigating circumstances (police corruption, etc).

    We do not allow criminals to escape the law in this nation due to their already realized collateral personal fallout as a result of their alleged crime. Smolltett’s record was expunged and he has no record that any guilty person with a sentence, lenient or otherwise, would have. That’s not how our legal system is supposed to work when the police believe someone to be guilty.

    I’m glad that the FBI is looking into it.

  42. @The Alarmist

    "... the FBI will step in with charges under federal law."
     
    That would be the same FBI that gave Hillary a clean bill of health for her gross negligence in handling classified material and helped her out with destroying evidence thereof. The same FBI still doing the bidding of the Obama team: They're going to do that to a fellow FOO?

    Dream on.

    “… the FBI will step in with charges under federal law.”

    That would be the same FBI that gave Hillary a clean bill of health for her gross negligence in handling classified material and helped her out with destroying evidence thereof.

    Agreed, that will not happen.

    This is similar to the idiocy I hear on Fox about the Russian collusion. This story was pushed and attested to by the FBI, CIA, NSA and all the other ‘intelligence agencies’, Fox News’ reply was they are lying and can’t be trusted (they were). But when it comes to the meme or claim that Russia interfered in our 2016 election everyone on Fox News agrees that is definitely true, because the FBI, CIA, NSA and all the other ‘intelligence agencies’ said so. Selective credence.

  43. @Desiderius
    He needs to admit his guilt and show remorse. Whether it is fake or not doesn’t matter.

    The smug arrogant, low IQ, lying, POS needs to go to trial and then to jail.. Although its doubtful a black jury has enough brains in the whole lot of them to understand the charges.
    Some one needs to wipe that “I am mightier than thou” grin off his nappy headed face.
    So sick of these smug [email protected]$ and their coddlers and handlers.
    Whats most disturbing is how a Grand Jury can review the mountian of evidence and conclude that indictments are warranted. Sixteen of them!!!!! Yet a back room deal is brokered and all charges are dropped.
    A grand jury indictment is a charge issued by a grand jury in a criminal case. Typically, the jury determines whether enough evidence exists to formally charge the suspect with a criminal crime. Grand jury indictments are not dismissed by the court but in a formal hearing, a defense team can argue against any bias.
    So…. How can a deal like that be made after a Grand Jury has decided to indicte?? America needs to KNow!!!

  44. We’re not really going to turn our country over to these people in 2020 are we? Trump just can’t stay president regardless of what happens, maybe for another 3 or 4 terms …. ?

  45. Often the punishment does not really match the crime, especially when it comes to laws that are enacted not with the intention of catching and punishing criminals, but of deterring people from doing things that most people would not dream of doing.

    For example, you might have a tough speeding law stating that you cannot go more than 15 mph when in the proximity of a school–which is good, because you don’t want children knocked down by cars, but you can hardly expect the law to be effective in slowing down a bank robber who is fleeing from the police.

    Similarly you have laws against wasting police time–otherwise everybody would be at it–but while it turns out that Smollett was indeed wasting police time, that probably was not his original intention, anymore than football teams who draw large crowds that require police supervision have the intention of wasting police time that could have been used for something else.

    I have no problem with Smollett not going to prison, but he should have been made to admit his wrongdoing and make an abject apology before he was released. As it is, as soon as the charges were dropped he was reiterating his bizarre claims.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Are we to assume that making fools of the cops wasn't at least part of the deal? That he was just being his theatrical self and nom other motivation was involved?
  46. @Jack D
    Zak Cheney-Rice:

    https://thumbs.mic.com/NmU0NTMyMmEzMCMvVXVla3NVZEVzby1YUktsWlB6eTdWMFJXV05NPS8weDA6OTAweDkwMC8yMDh4MjA4L3NtYXJ0L2ZpbHRlcnM6Zm9ybWF0KGpwZWcpOnF1YWxpdHkoODApL2h0dHBzOi8vczMuYW1hem9uYXdzLmNvbS9wb2xpY3ltaWMtaW1hZ2VzLzg5OTQ5NjkzZjg5ZjczMzJiYjY1MzNiYTVjN2ZiNzI1Y2RkZGY5OWQ5MjMyNzFiNjM1YWMwNWUxMTkyNmZlMTcuanBn.jpg

    That's all you need to know.

    Both this clown and Smollett himself would have been happy if the hoax had caused two innocent white people to be sent to prion.

    • Agree: Bruce County
  47. @Hypnotoad666

    You show no evidence of having studied the argumentation handbook required for this course. See me after class.
     
    Linear logic is a racist tool of patriarchal oppression. Instead, Zak deserves credit for masterful deployment of woke non-sequitur to interrogate and unpack White Privilege. This is the cornerstone of Critical Studies analysis.

    Best example: Chicago PD fails to solve murders and generally incarcerates all the wrong people anyway. Thus, it is only fair to release any guilty defendant who hasn't committed a murder. QED.

    Linear logic is a racist tool of patriarchal oppression.

    Technically, “Linear Logic” is a very specific logic in which deduction is mimicking resource usage, or at least that’s what I understand:

    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/logic-linear/

    I don’t think many people know it even exists.

  48. @Hypnotoad666

    You show no evidence of having studied the argumentation handbook required for this course. See me after class.
     
    Linear logic is a racist tool of patriarchal oppression. Instead, Zak deserves credit for masterful deployment of woke non-sequitur to interrogate and unpack White Privilege. This is the cornerstone of Critical Studies analysis.

    Best example: Chicago PD fails to solve murders and generally incarcerates all the wrong people anyway. Thus, it is only fair to release any guilty defendant who hasn't committed a murder. QED.

    Before there was any Logic,

    There was Black Logic.

    • Replies: @Bruce County
    .......and black magic and the snow was black at one time till YT made it all go away. There were black Kings,Queens and Pharohs and flying pyramids...There were black model "T's... Snow White herself was black before Disney ruined all that. Yes... it was beautiful world before YT ruined it for everyone with computers and the internet; with a written language and medicine. The world would have been better withoout the white race..Hell... there wouldnt have been any bleach for the Nigerian Spear Chuckers to pour over ol' Jussie if YT didnt invent it. Poor Jussie would not be able to enjoy a tuna sub...
  49. @MikeW
    Well I've gotta agree with Zak for the most part. Those 16 felonies were just 8 lies Smollett said to police, and then repeated to detectives. Come on. It's not worth sending someone to jail over a stupid publicity stunt where nobody was harmed.

    But as a person of color Zak should be screaming about Smollett's continued sanctimonious denials. "Just fess up and move on, brother. You're an embarrassment, not a hero, to black America."

    It’s not worth sending someone to jail over a stupid publicity stunt where nobody was harmed.

    Mullett was willing to sign complaints against the two people CPD told him they had in custody until he realized it was his Nigerian pals. Thus he was perfectly willing to frame two random white guys had that been who CPD had in custody.

    The fact that he was too stupid and incompetent to pull off his frame shouldn’t excuse him from the attempt. This is why attempted murder is a crime – being unable to pull it off shouldn’t excuse you from being punished for trying.

  50. @Jonathan Mason
    Often the punishment does not really match the crime, especially when it comes to laws that are enacted not with the intention of catching and punishing criminals, but of deterring people from doing things that most people would not dream of doing.

    For example, you might have a tough speeding law stating that you cannot go more than 15 mph when in the proximity of a school--which is good, because you don't want children knocked down by cars, but you can hardly expect the law to be effective in slowing down a bank robber who is fleeing from the police.

    Similarly you have laws against wasting police time--otherwise everybody would be at it--but while it turns out that Smollett was indeed wasting police time, that probably was not his original intention, anymore than football teams who draw large crowds that require police supervision have the intention of wasting police time that could have been used for something else.

    I have no problem with Smollett not going to prison, but he should have been made to admit his wrongdoing and make an abject apology before he was released. As it is, as soon as the charges were dropped he was reiterating his bizarre claims.

    Are we to assume that making fools of the cops wasn’t at least part of the deal? That he was just being his theatrical self and nom other motivation was involved?

  51. It was an elaborately plotted hate crime against the white community.

    Yes. And apparently with some surprisingly high-up individuals in on the plot. Possibly including elected officials.

    To the extent that incarceration is ever appropriate in its current American manifestation, it should be used sparingly to protect people from those who would harm them.

    We know that white people are regularly harmed for racial reasons.

    However….

    Smollett clearly does not qualify. …

    Because he and his handlers/co-conspirators only tried to harm white Americans.

    Open season on whitey, with the likes of Zak Cheney-Rice thumbsing-upping.

    Remember, this was the guy who wrote that PolicyMic piece, “National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It’s Beautiful.”

    https://mic.com/articles/87359/national-geographic-determined-what-americans-will-look-like-in-2050-and-it-s-beautiful

    Also:

    https://mic.com/profiles/29788/zak-cheney-rice
    https://muckrack.com/zakcheneyrice
    http://nymag.com/author/Zak%20Cheney-Rice/

    Note the piece titled “Racism is good at hiding.”

    Not always, snowflake. Not always.

  52. @Gary in Gramercy
    Before there was any Logic,

    There was Black Logic.

    …….and black magic and the snow was black at one time till YT made it all go away. There were black Kings,Queens and Pharohs and flying pyramids…There were black model “T’s… Snow White herself was black before Disney ruined all that. Yes… it was beautiful world before YT ruined it for everyone with computers and the internet; with a written language and medicine. The world would have been better withoout the white race..Hell… there wouldnt have been any bleach for the Nigerian Spear Chuckers to pour over ol’ Jussie if YT didnt invent it. Poor Jussie would not be able to enjoy a tuna sub…

  53. @James N. Kennett
    When the state authorities are incapable of administering justice, the FBI will step in with charges under federal law. Like they did in the Civil Rights era.

    No they won’t. The FBI and DOJ have no interest (and do not have the backbone) to prosecute a gay black man from a wealthy politically connected family in the year 2019. The main prosecution witnesses (the Osundairo brothers) were gotten to and have changed their story. I know agents in the Chicago Field Office and they want nothing to do with this case. Now go back to work whitey…

  54. On February 21st Jussie Smollett turned himself in to the CPD. The next day many posters here at this site stated that he would be found guilty…and face federal charges as well. I have no idea why some commentors thought that as most visitors to this site are usually quite perceptive and are at least race realists. Maybe it was wishful thinking or maybe that the Chicago police superintendent was already spiking the football in the end zone before the case actually started. On February 23rd I posted what I knew was going on behind the scenes in this case and stated that he would get off and go back to his Hollywood parties and life of entitlement. People sneered a month ago but it’s Jussie who is laughing now. Spoiler Alert for any doubters: I know agents in the FBI Chicago office and the DOJ wants nothing to do with prosecuting a gay black man (a member of the protected species) from a politically connected family in the year 2019. In fact it’s quite possible Jussie Smollett will sue the City of Chicago when all is said and done. The behind the scenes turmoil and intrigue was real and some detectives will unfortunately have their careers ruined. If you want to know what really happened you can read the actual Chicago Police detective’s reports on this case (a very rare event indeed). The reports are available for all to see at cwbchicago.com (who obtained it through FOIA before the records could be sealed). It will sicken you to see how “Juicy Fruit” was treated with kid gloves from the very beginning.

  55. @Realist
    Chicago, like all large cities, is a shit hole.... just the worst.

    My God…if you only knew what was going on behind the scenes. I wrote a few months ago that there was an undeclared race war going on between blacks and Hispanics in this city. (Read how a young Latino police officer was executed in front of his friends on Saturday the 23rd). Not sure how this is going to play out this summer but I will keep you posted with some stories from the front lines!

    • Replies: @res

    Not sure how this is going to play out this summer but I will keep you posted with some stories from the front lines!
     
    Please do.

    One question about Jussie. What about the physical evidence against the Nigerians? How is it possible that they can both be unhelpful going after Jussie and receive immunity?
    , @Realist

    My God…if you only knew what was going on behind the scenes.
     
    I live 35 miles north of Chicago....I am quite aware. Hence my comment.
  56. @Blue Juice
    My God...if you only knew what was going on behind the scenes. I wrote a few months ago that there was an undeclared race war going on between blacks and Hispanics in this city. (Read how a young Latino police officer was executed in front of his friends on Saturday the 23rd). Not sure how this is going to play out this summer but I will keep you posted with some stories from the front lines!

    Not sure how this is going to play out this summer but I will keep you posted with some stories from the front lines!

    Please do.

    One question about Jussie. What about the physical evidence against the Nigerians? How is it possible that they can both be unhelpful going after Jussie and receive immunity?

    • Replies: @Blue Juice
    Very interesting question. No one in the MSM has asked that probably because they're afraid of the answer and Smollett's attorneys have danced around that in interviews. However, the physical evidence (items bought by the Osundairo brothers; ski masks, rope, magazine publications, etc.) aren't illegal and the check Juicy Fruit wrote to them can be explained as payment for some type of physical training. No one here believes that story of course because we have common sense and we're familiar with their nonsense. But Smollett and his attorneys don't care what we think or what the police know. It's the black mob, the Hollywood leftists, a sympathetic state's attorney, a willing Cook County judge or black jury that are looking for some technicality...any legal loophole at all to let Smollett walk so he can continue the narrative and save their movement from embarrassment. As far as "immunity" is concerned remember this is a local county case...not a federal one. It's not illegal to lie to the Chicago Police like it is a federal agent and the Nigerians didn't file the original police report or identify as witnesses to Smollett's "attack". The detectives are in the uncomfortable position as needing the Osundairo brothers to charge Smollett, the video surveillance footage is not enough. Their official reports (which btw are an incredible read at cwbchicago.com) indicate that they were afraid that the Osundairo brothers would be influenced to change their incriminating story and attempted to sequester them. I met Ola Osundairo and can tell you he's a nitwit. He can't think past this week and if a wealthy influential contact from the far-left was able to talk to him for 20 minutes and promise him and his brother some money, a nice vacation outside the States and a free goat dinner they definitely would change their story or become foggy on the witness stand. It's a lot more than anything the Chicago Police can offer them. Smollett may be a complete nonce but his family has deep contacts in the Democratic Party and his legal team is very shrewd (and ruthless).
  57. @Blue Juice
    My God...if you only knew what was going on behind the scenes. I wrote a few months ago that there was an undeclared race war going on between blacks and Hispanics in this city. (Read how a young Latino police officer was executed in front of his friends on Saturday the 23rd). Not sure how this is going to play out this summer but I will keep you posted with some stories from the front lines!

    My God…if you only knew what was going on behind the scenes.

    I live 35 miles north of Chicago….I am quite aware. Hence my comment.

  58. @res

    Not sure how this is going to play out this summer but I will keep you posted with some stories from the front lines!
     
    Please do.

    One question about Jussie. What about the physical evidence against the Nigerians? How is it possible that they can both be unhelpful going after Jussie and receive immunity?

    Very interesting question. No one in the MSM has asked that probably because they’re afraid of the answer and Smollett’s attorneys have danced around that in interviews. However, the physical evidence (items bought by the Osundairo brothers; ski masks, rope, magazine publications, etc.) aren’t illegal and the check Juicy Fruit wrote to them can be explained as payment for some type of physical training. No one here believes that story of course because we have common sense and we’re familiar with their nonsense. But Smollett and his attorneys don’t care what we think or what the police know. It’s the black mob, the Hollywood leftists, a sympathetic state’s attorney, a willing Cook County judge or black jury that are looking for some technicality…any legal loophole at all to let Smollett walk so he can continue the narrative and save their movement from embarrassment. As far as “immunity” is concerned remember this is a local county case…not a federal one. It’s not illegal to lie to the Chicago Police like it is a federal agent and the Nigerians didn’t file the original police report or identify as witnesses to Smollett’s “attack”. The detectives are in the uncomfortable position as needing the Osundairo brothers to charge Smollett, the video surveillance footage is not enough. Their official reports (which btw are an incredible read at cwbchicago.com) indicate that they were afraid that the Osundairo brothers would be influenced to change their incriminating story and attempted to sequester them. I met Ola Osundairo and can tell you he’s a nitwit. He can’t think past this week and if a wealthy influential contact from the far-left was able to talk to him for 20 minutes and promise him and his brother some money, a nice vacation outside the States and a free goat dinner they definitely would change their story or become foggy on the witness stand. It’s a lot more than anything the Chicago Police can offer them. Smollett may be a complete nonce but his family has deep contacts in the Democratic Party and his legal team is very shrewd (and ruthless).

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